Alex is employed as Head of Education, Inclusion and Participation at Migrant Help, UK. He is a researcher, trainer, speaker and Country Expert Witness and analyst (Great Lakes Region of Africa). He is author of the book "Not My Worst Day" and co-author of "Education in A Diverse UK".
Read on to discover why he is a leader…
Country of birth:
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
The African countries visited:
Lived and worked in Rwanda, Burundi, DRC and Uganda. I visited Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Ethiopia, South Africa and Djibouti
English, French, Swahili, Kinyarwanda and Lingala
African dialects spoken or understood:
Luganda, Kifuleru, Kinyamulenge and Kibembe
Your family background:
I was born into a family of cattle-herders, semi-nomadic, pastoralist people in South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). My childhood was a very happy one. I enjoyed helping my mum to fetch water miles away from our village, swimming in the rivers, searching for honey bees in the savanna and beautiful lush and greenery land, gathering nuts, berries and fruits from the trees in forests.
Tell us something about your leadership roles (employed and voluntary):
In my voluntary capacity, I have initiated several charitable organisations and am still very involved in promoting education in Africa. Professionally, I am recognised as a Country Expert Witness (Great Lakes Region of Africa) for the High Courts and have produced over 250 analytical reports about Africa. I am the author of Not My Worst Day, a personal biographical account, and other analytical papers on DRC security and conflict situations. I am an international speaker with a unique insight into the issues of war and human security, cultural insensitivity and conflict resolution. I have occupied a wide range of responsibilities in voluntary and statutory sector.
I went to college and university gaining an MA in Anthropology of Conflict, Violence and Conciliation. I have written wide range of research articles related to International development, I am author of the “Not My Worst Day” about my life in Rwanda and DRC, and the Education in Diverse UK, a book that offers guidance on how to address the issues affecting refugees and migrants and to promote a values-based education approach.
What recent (in the last 3 years) achievement are you proud of and why:
- Produced over 250 research-based country expert witness reports and scoping studies, covering social, political, security, cultural, religious and ethnic issues in litigation (DRC, Burundi, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda).
- Co-authored a national award-winning cross-curricular education resource to support schools in teaching about refugees and forced migration.
- I have been a key note speaker at more than 5 national conferences.
A few words of advice to young leaders (age five-eleven) in the African Diaspora:
Be and have Ubuntu: Ubuntu is a central southern Africa word which means “human kindness” or “I am who I am because of others and I treat everyone with respect”